Gadchiroli: 4 CRPF men killed in landmine blast by Naxals

At least four security personnel, including two CRPF men, killed in Maharashtra`s Gadchiroli district in an IED blast triggered by Naxals on Monday.

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 00:45 AM IST

Mumbai: At least four security personnel, including two CRPF men, killed in Maharashtra`s Gadchiroli district in an IED blast triggered
by Naxals on Monday.

The four were a part of a convoy returning from tour.

In Andhra Pradesh, police exchanged fire with a
group of armed Maoists in Khammam district, but there were no casualties on either side.

The gunfight broke out at around 1 pm when a police
team, on a combing operation, noticed movement of Naxals in
the forests in Ashwaraopet mandal of the district bordering
Chhattisgarh, police said.

The rebels managed to escape from the spot, they said,
adding no casualties were reported from either side.

The police, however, seized one claymore mine, 20 kit
bags, one hand-held communication device and Naxal literature,
among other material, from the scene of the gunfight, a senior
police officer told PTI over phone from Khammam.

"The firing has stopped as of now but the search
operation is still continuing. There might have been at least
25 Maoists in the group," he said.

Meanwhile, a Naxal, Puttiah alias Venkanna, who
allegedly operated in Chhattisgarh, surrendered at Kothagudem
in Khammam district today, police added.

-PTI